Cobley Series 9 – 4th November 2018

Not a bad morning with a light wind coming from around SSE, which was a difficult direction for Peter R to set a decent start line. He set the first beat to 8 then 5, 2, 4, 6, and back through the start.

Pursuit Race
16 starters and first back through the line was early starter Rhys (Topper) with Karen (Radial) in 2nd place, Chris (Comet) 3rd, Dave & Ann (Leader) 4th, Newton & Ellen (RS200) 5th and Mike Tr (Laser) 6th.
By the end of the second lap Karen had taken the lead and Dave & Ann had got past Rhys and Chris to move up to 2nd place. Newton & Ellen had also got past Rhys, but he was still ahead of Mike Tr.

At the gun the final order was –
1st Karen; 2nd Dave & Ann; 3rd Chris; 4th Newton & Ellen; 5th Rhys; 6th Mike Tr

Handicap Race
Peter changed the course slightly for the second race using X (don’t ask where!) as the first mark followed by 5, 9, 6 and back through the start.
First back through the line was Ellen & Newton (RS200) followed very closely by Dave & Ann (Leader) and Karen (Radial) then the Lasers of Jon, Mike Tr and James. It was virtually impossible to split the next group of boats consisting of Bill (K1), Richard S (Laser), Adrian (Vago s/h), Dean & Nick (Vago), Rick (Laser) and Chris H (Comet). Then there was a slight gap back to Will (Radial) and Mike C (Wanderer) and then another gap back to Gareth (Laser) and Rhys (Topper). The whole fleet was packed closely together, and it was a good day to not be on the race team and have the problem of sorting out times and positions across the line!

On the second lap James had taken the lead from Ellen & Newton and Karen and Bill crossed the line together in joint 3rd place. Mike Tr was now 5th just ahead of Dave & Ann. Jon had decided there was not enough wind for him and retired. The group behind was still closely packed, but Chris had established himself in 7th place just ahead of Richard S and Rick. Will had moved up three places into 10th spot with the Vagos of Adrian and Nick & Dean down to 11th and 12th with Mike C only one second back in 13th place and behind him Gareth had managed to pass Rhys.

At the end of the last lap Ellen & Newton had regained the lead with Mike Tr taking 2nd place and Karen and Bill again crossing the line together battling for 3rd place. James and Dave & Ann also crossed the line together in joint 5th place. Behind this leading group there was no actual change in the order of the rest of the fleet.

The final positions on the water were –
1st Ellen & Newton; 2nd Mike Tr; Joint 3rd Karen and Bill; Joint 5th Dave & Ann and James.

On handicap the winner was Chris H moving up from 7th on the water to take 1st place on corrected time. Karen was 2nd with Dave & Ann 3rd and Ellen & Newton down to 4th place with Mike Tr 5th and James 6th.

Thanks to Peter R and the OOD Team of Colin H, Gary B, Pat G, Paul W and Robbie H.